SGDQ 2019 Donation Tracker Re-Creation

Twice a year, gamers from all over the world come together to "speedrun" both new and old games alike. Games from every platform and every era. Even better, it's a week-long marathon to raise money for charity, and it's streamed live on Twitch for millions to follow along. Although I'm not a big gamer, I've been watching both Awesome Games Done Quick(AGDQ) and Summer Games Done Quick(SGDQ) for about five years now.

Each marathon gets better. More games, larger sponsors, more money raised, and, finally, better production quality. The SGDQ that just finished raised over $3 Million for Doctors Without Borders, and the production and organization is top-notch.If you can't watch the whole SGDQ 2019, at least watch the last few hours. The grand finale run of Chrono Trigger ended up smashing the total-money-raised record for any GDQ and was just insane. Specifically, I was impressed with the donation tracker.

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Local WordPress Development - How To Sync Uploads And Database From A Staging or Production Site

Given that WordPress is still growingWP is about a third of the web now, as of April 2019, there's no shortage of work for proper WordPress developers. In my case, work comes from several sources, all of it freelance. The vast majority of work I do is retainer. Agencies/companies need me to come into a sprint, usually for the stuff that's a bit too much for juniors.

Since every project is different, the workflow is usually unique as well. Unless I'm involved with the engineering at project kick-off, I usually have to adapt to what's been put in place by other developers. Typically that means writing custom shell scripts and aliases to help sync both code and content.

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Back To Work For 2019

Alas. It's the beginning of a new year, and it's time to awake from my usual, year-end shutdown. It was a great holiday season filled with a lot of new memories. It's always a bit saddening after New Year's Day passes, forced to accept that Christmas is in the rear-view. Like many others, I'm just now finished stowing away decorations, but guess I have to start working my way back to the normal routines of work and responsibility.

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WordPress Contact Form 7 Salesforce Integration

Here's another forms use-case for WordPress. You have a form built with Contact Form 7, WP Forms, Gravity Forms, etc. However, when the form is submitted, you also want to send the form data to a third party, like Salesforce, SugarCRM, Marketo, etc. Luckily, the form plugins I mentioned allow us to "hook in" to the processing flow.

In this tutorial, I'll show you a quick way to send Contact Form 7(CF7) submission data to Salesforce. We'll be using some core WordPress functions to help with the integration. The code is pretty straightforward, so we'll just put it in our child theme'sYou are using a child theme, right? functions.php file.

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WordPress - Contact Form 7 Contextual Validation Error Messages

In this month’s edition of “well-built plugins”, we’re taking a look at Contact Form 7 for WordPress. Specifically, we’ll be customizing validation error messages on the front end. The popular contact form builder plugin is quite easy to extend, so let’s jump right in.

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Gravity Forms - Dynamic Confirmation Redirects in WordPress

Extending well-built WordPress plugins and themes is something I do almost daily. Gravity Forms is a popular form-building plugin for WordPress that I integrate and customize quite frequently. Custom form fields, form settings, and third-party integrations are common requests.

Recently, I had to find a way to handle custom, dynamic redirects on form submission.  The redirect would be dependent on query string parameters provided by an inbound affiliate link.  I was able to quickly create a solution due, in no small part, to the fact that Gravity Forms is a “well-built” plugin.A "well-built" third-party plugin/theme means that it adheres to WordPress Coding Standards and makes APIs/hooks available to other developers for extending the base functionality, among other things.

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